UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 10: Hospital sued over arm dislocation of a new born; 152 arrested over illegal immigration
(ARCHIVED PHOTO) A number of Africans arrested over attempted illegal immigration near Alexandria. Photo courtesy of Military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.

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Health Min. proposes law to toughen FGM punishment

The Ministry of Health has proposed a draft law to toughen the punishment imposed on those involved in carrying out FGM crime, whether they are medical team or parents, in order to eliminate the phenomenon within a short term.

An official source at the ministry told Youm7 that the proposed law will be submitted to the parliament for adoption.


Naval forces arrest 152 unregistered migrants near Alexandria: military spox

A total of 152 unregistered migrants, including Egyptians and foreigners, have been arrested by naval forces near Alexandria shores, Military Spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced Sunday.

The arrested foreigners include Sudanese, Somalis, Yemenis, Syrians, Ethiopians, Palestinians and Eritreans.

The military has previously announced arresting hundreds of people over illegal immigration at Egypt’s different borders, which have witnessed heightened security measures to curb the illegal practice.


Hospital sued over new-born dislocated arm

An employee has filed a report against Imbaba Hospital accusing doctors of “medical negligence” after his new born child’s arm was dislocated during his wife’s delivery.

The man said that the size of his child’s arm has increased in a strange way becoming “similar to bodybuilders,” but the doctors denied the accusation and said that it is a “birth defect.”


Maximum of 150 visitors to Nefertari, Seti I tombs per day; 50% discount for cinema filming in Egypt desert 

The Supreme Council for Antiquities has determined a limit of 150 visitors each day at both tombs of Nefertari and Seti I that are scheduled to be opened as of November. The council said that a fee of 300 EGP will be imposed for photographic or video shooting, but not for commercial purpose.

It has also announced a 50 percent discount on filming for cinema or TV in the desert near archeological areas in Egypt.


Sisi  orders holding accountable all involved in wheat supply corruption case

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has ordered to hold accountable those responsible for the wheat supply corruption case, after meeting with Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy who said that his ministry has spotted violations and immediately took legal actions against violators and referred them to investigations.

Five days ago, number parliamentarians have called for withdrawing the confidence from Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi over corruption of the wheat supply. There were allegations of wasting 240 million EGP (about $27 million) of wheat procurement from the silos.

John Lethbridge’s search for human remains extended to July 18: committee

Egypt’s aircraft accident investigation committee announced in a statement it has extended the work period of the John Lethbridge vessel rented by the Egyptian government to search for debris and human remains of thecrashed EgyptAir flight MS804 to July 18, Youm7 reported on Sunday.

The decision comes in the framework of “the Egyptian government’s keenness to ensure all human remains of the victims are pulled out from the crash scene,” said the statement.

The vessel, with Egyptian forensic experts aboard, will make a comprehensive survey on the Mediterranean seabed across the crash site in search for any possible remains there, the statement said.

On May 19, the Airbus A320 has crashed into the eastern Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo and all 66 people on board were killed. The cause of the crash remains unknown.


Police conscript shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Sinai’s Arish

A police conscript was shot dead on Saturday by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike in North Sinai’s al-Arish city, a security source told Youm7.

The Ministry of Interior said it is currently reinforcing its presence in the crime scene to arrest the perpetrators.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

On the third anniversary of the 30 June Uprising, a bomb exploded in Al-Arish, leaving one police conscript dead and a police officer and three other conscripts injured.


Court sets Sep. 5 for final verdict on 4 police officers over killing protesters in 2011 uprising

A Qaliuobya criminal court on Saturday has set September 5 as the date for its final verdict on four police officers over charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising the toppled Hosni Mubarak, Al Ahram reported.

Head of Qalyubia security directorate and three of his aides were acquitted in 2012 before the Court of Cassation ordered a retrial.

Most of police officers, accused of being involved in killing protesters during the uprising, have been acquitted while the rest continue to face trials. Hundreds of protesters were killed, and thousands injured during the 18 days of the uprising.


991 encroachment cases on agricultural land monitored during Eid al Fitr holiday: report

A total of 991 urban encroachment cases on agricultural land have been monitored across the country during the Eid al Fitr three-day holiday, Youm7 reported Sunday citing a report from the Agriculture Ministry.

According to the report, 424 encroachment cases on a total area of 23 acres have been already removed by concerned security forces. Egypt’s Delta governorates of Sharqia and Qalioubya have witnesses the highest rates of encroachments.

It is estimated that urbanization eats away 16,000 to 20,000 hectares of agricultural land yearly, and 30 percent of the soils most suitable for agriculture are under urban land cover, according to a 2015 report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO.)


Hot weather in Egypt’s Delta, Cairo on Sunday, Alexandria sees 33 C

Moderate weather is expected to prevail on Egypt’s Mediterranean governorates with highs of 33 C degrees in Alexandria on Sunday while a slight increase in temperature and humidity rates will be felt in the Delta through Cairo, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority announced Saturday.

Weather in Upper Egypt governorates will by much hotter with highs of 41 in Sohag and Qena, 43 in Luxor and 44 in Aswan.

Waves on the Mediterranean are expected to reach 1.5 – 2 meters high, while the Red Sea will see waves of 2 – 2.5 meters.

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